Reaching the podium at the Olympics is big. Really big. You only get the chance to compete every four years, and you’re going up against the best in the world, no matter what country you’re from. So if, like Norway’s Marit Bjørgen, you get all the way to the gold medal spot, and you jump for joy, nobody will think anything of it.
Bjørgen brought home the gold to her home country, and it’s no surprise to anyone – she is the most decorated Winter Olympian ever, and this medal in cross-country skiing was just one more for the trophy case.
Married couples are somewhat common in figure skating. Think about it – you're working together all the time, you're in great shape, you have intimate physical contact, and the OUTFITS. The couple of Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim made it all the way to the 2018 Winter Olympics.
During their pair's performance, we got this picture, which made it look like Alexa is rethinking the relationship. Chris is still into it, as far as we can tell, and he's not about to let his ice princess go. Don't worry about this couple – Chris has stepped away from the skates, but their relationship is strong.
Do You Trust Me?
"Yeah, no problem, just toss me up into the air while I'm wearing knives on my feet, and then catch me moments before I suffer an ice-related demise." No doubt this is what Russian figure skater Natalia Zabiiako had going through her head as she spun feet above Alexander Enbert in 2018.
We can only hope the things going through Enbert's head were “Catch her, catch her, catch her,” over and over until Zabiiako was safely back on the ground. Maybe he also threw in a “Watch out for the knives on her feet” in there somewhere, just to cover all of his bases.
That's the Cleanest Rink Ever
In this picture, a few of the workers at the games in South Korea celebrate after getting the rink in perfect shape for the next... We have just been notified that these are, in fact, athletes and have just won the bronze medal in curling. This honestly is something we should have figured out since they have big, bold “JAPAN” on their shirts.
Curling is a bit of an odd duck when it comes to winter sports, but it's taken off in a big way internationally. Using heating brooms and a large stone, athletes try to land the stone right in the center.
He Gets Good Signal Up There
While Swiss snowboarder Michael Schaerer is spending some time warming up for his big-air snowboarding event, one photographer captured an image of him with an array of towers around him. At first glance, it looks like they could be cell phone towers, but they're actually poles that have huge amounts of incredibly bright lights so that events that take place during the night.
Since it is winter, that's anything after about four o'clock – have enough visibility for the competitors, judges, and audiences. Plus, what's he gonna do while he's up there? Snapchat?